A CAVALRY OFFICER IN THE CORUNNA CAMPAIGN 1808-1809: THE JOURNAL OF CAPTAIN GORDON OF THE 15TH HUSSARS.

Gordon, Captain.


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Felling, facsimile ed., 1990. 238 pp., frontis-, + maps. D.j., 22 x 14cm. FINE. This is a facsimile edition of the fascinating journal of Captain Gordon who served with the 15th Hussars during the Corunna Campaign of 1808 - 1809. It was based upon notes taken on the spot and written down immediately after the author's return to England when events were still fresh in his memory. It reveals his day-to-day progress and the operations of his corps and gives a valuable insight into the living and fighting conditions of a cavalry officer whilst revealing the author's own hopes and anxieties of battle. The 15th Hussars, throughout the retirement, was always with the rear-guard and thus we receive a valuable perspective of this. Previous diaries and journals had concentrated mainly on the activities of other arms in the Corunna Campaign but this account fills a gap by giving a detailed account of the work of the cavalry during the advance and the retreat.


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